Textured paint is a very useful type of paint which can be used to cover up imperfections in the surfaces of walls. If you have surface mounted pipes then these will also need to be finished in the same method so that they don't look too obvious.
Texturing metal pipes is actually very simple and as long as you take special precautions the results should last for a very long time. Using a primer designed for use on metal will make sure the paint won't start flaking off when you have finished.
Step 1 - Preparing the Metal Pipes
First you need to spend time preparing the metal pipes so that the paint will stick securely to them. If the pipes are old then there is a good chance that there will be some rust and grime on them. Using wire wool concentrate your efforts on removing all of the spots of rust you can.
If the pipes are new then the amount of rust should be minimal, this may mean that you can get away with just sanding the pipes to clean them.
Then using a medium grit sandpaper sand down the whole pipes so that they are clean. Remove all of the dust using a clean rag, you might find it easier if the rag is damp.
Place masking tape behind the metal pipes to protect the walls while you are painting them. This will ensure that you don't end up damaging the wall behind.
Step 2 - Priming the Pipes
Ensure that the pipes are clean and dry, then use a metal primer to paint onto the pipes. This will provide a good base for the textured paint to cling to. If the primer coat doesn't cover all of the pipes then you might need to paint them again with the same primer.
Use a primer which is specifically designed to work on metalwork because this will ensure that it will be able to cling effectively to the pipes.
Step 3 - Painting the Pipes
Now you are ready to apply the textured paint onto the pipes. Use a paintbrush to put this paint all over the pipes. You might need to do more than one coat to ensure that the pipes are covered properly. With textured paints you should sand down the finish between coats to ensure that the paint sticks properly. Just lightly sand down the surface so that it is roughed up slightly.
Step 4 - Cleaning Brushes
Once you've finished painting the metal pipes it's then time to clean the brushes so that the textured paint doesn't wreck them. To do this you will need to use some brush cleaning solution which is a solvent. This will be able to dissolve the paint on the bristles of the brushes so that the brushes can be used again.
The brushes should be rinsed thoroughly with clean water and then dried. Once they are dry they can then be stored safely for use next time.